Undergraduate Studies in Finland

Finland is located in Northern Europe between Sweden and Russian and borders the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia and Gulf of Finland. The country contains many national parks filled with immense forests and is a fantastic place to explore by hiking around breathtaking sights and paddling the beautiful lakes. Explore the culture with a trip to the sauna or to a laid-back fishing village. Cities such as Helsinki, the capitol, are modern and unique. Per capita income ranks near the top in Western Europe, and the Finns are accustomed to spending a lot of money for an excellent education. The country ranks high in quality of life.

What Type of Schools Offer Undergraduate Studies in Finland?

Bachelor’s degrees are primarily offered at the country’s 24 polytechnic schools and at universities of applied sciences (UAS). Polytechnics maintain contacts with industry and business and emphasize practical applications. A graduate of a polytechnic school is often well prepared to either begin work or pursue a master’s degree. All of the 14 arts and science universities encourage free research and autonomy, but have limited options to study Undergraduate Studies in Finland. The entry requirements for both types of schools depend on the field.

What is the Academic Calendar for Finland?

The university school year consists of the autumn term, which runs from from late August or early September to mid-December, and the spring term, which runs from early January to the end of May. There are numerous holidays, including a week in October, several weeks for Christmas, winter Carnival in February and Easter.

Tuition Fees

Should you choose to study Undergraduate Studies in Finland, please note that at this time, working toward an undergraduate or graduate business degree in Finland is free for not only the Finnish but also international students. Keep in mind that undergraduate students are still responsible for their own living expenses.

How Long Does it Take to Earn an Undergraduate Degree in Finland?

A bachelor’s degree can usually be obtained in three or four years. In Finland, degrees earned at a polytechnic school are not considered equivalent to degrees earned at a university. However, other countries around the world do consider obtaining a polytechnic degree to be achieving the same level of education as a traditional bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Why Earn an Undergraduate Degree in Finland?

Finland has a well-respected, high quality university system. International students who choose to study Undergraduate Studies in Finland may find themselves well prepared for either pursuing practical careers or continuing in higher education. This can be accomplished while living in a unique, pleasant country and exploring the culture and mystical beauty of the lands.


If you are a Nordic or EU/EEA citizen, you do not need a visa or a residence permit to Finland. However, you are required to register your residence with Migri if your stay in Finland exceeds 90 days (6 months for Nordic citizens). Additionally, if your stay in Finland lasts for more than a year, you should register in the Finnish population system.

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you will usually need a visa or a student residence permit. Which one you should apply for, depends on the length of your stay in Finland.

  • Short stay visa - for a maximum of 90 days’ visits. For example, you may need this visa if you are invited to take an entrance exam in Finland, or if you take part in a course or exchange that lasts less than 90 days.
  • Residence permit for studies - a long-term temporary residence permit that is usually granted for one year at a time. If you come to Finland for a student exchange period exceeding three months, or if you have been admitted to a full degree program, you need to apply for this one.

You can start your student residence permit application online at, but in the process, it is also necessary for you to personally visit a Finnish embassy or consulate. A Finnish student residence permit application cannot be processed until the applicant visits the embassy, regardless of whether the application has been submitted electronically or at the embassy itself. 

In order to apply for Finland student visa or residence permit, you must provide a number of documents, among others the official letter of acceptance issued by your hosting Finnish university, proof of your financial ability to support yourself financially during your entire period of study in Finland and for your return transportation, and proof of health insurance. Your passport must have a validity that exceeds the duration of the visa or residence permit you are applying for by at least 3 months.

The processing times of a Finnish student visa vary, you can check them here:

A student residence permit is usually granted for one year at a time. After your first year in Finland (in good time before your previous permit expires) you should apply for an extension of your student residence permit from Migri. You can use the Enter Finland e-service for this purpose. It’s also worth noting that when you apply for an extended permit when your initial permit is about to expire, you must be in Finland when submitting your application.

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